Thursday, April 22, 2010
Stuff People In Mountain Towns Like
Perhaps the fine publishers of Stuff White People Like would consider a spinoff – Stuff People From Mountain Towns Like. Included on this list would be face shots, Patagonia, making fun of Vail, making fun of Aspen, being burlier than your friends, sleeping in teepees in the summer, PBR, Subaru, beards, REI, 14ers, not owning a TV and (the topic of today) sleeping in your car in National Parks.
And so I found myself sleeping in the back of a Subaru, in a snowstorm, in the Utah desert, in my Patagonia sleeping bag with a guy named Pete who I met ten days prior. It just doesn’t get much more mountain cliché than that (he didn’t have a beard though, and we had box wine and Tecate, not PBR). It was May and the desert should have been scalding hot. Or at least warm. Instead it was 30-degrees and snowing. Screw setting up a tent.
The morning rolled in. The sky was blue. The birds were signing. Children were laughing. Park rangers were knocking on the window of said Subaru, “Mornin’ folks. Mind stepping out of the car?” Utah Forest Service Ranger. So out we stepped. Wrapped in sleeping bags. Into the popsicle blueberry sky of the morning Utah dessert. No worries though. He let us go with just a warning. And now we are on the Most Wanted For Sleeping in a Car in an Inappropriate Location list of the United States Forest Service.